Well, yesterday was interesting.
First of all, Jay Doiron, the linesman who was injured in his fall to the ice, tweeted that he “popped a knee out a socket.” He also tweeted this picture.
Nice legs or swollen left knee!? #injury #ontheDL twitter.com/55_stripes/sta…
— Jay Doiron (@55_stripes) December 10, 2012
Doiron took an awkward fall when trying to separate Jonathan Huberdeau from some rough stuff. He crawled into the penalty box and eventually headed across the ice and down the Sea Dogs tunnel. Get well soon.
Views differ on yesterday’s incident – just check out the comments on the SeaDogsTV highlight video. Some believe Doiron simply slipped and Huberdeau should not be sanctioned while others believe he was pushed down to the ice by the Sea Dogs captain. Either way, it wasn’t a pleasant sight and it wasn’t the way anybody expected Huberdeau’s Sea Dogs playing career to end (it’s likely over, anyway).
Huberdeau received a misconduct for “abuse of officials” along with four other infractions on the play. Here’s what the QMJHL game sheet reads:
3 - SNB Jonathan Huberdeau, 15:38 - High-sticking, (1.26) (PP)
3 - SNB Jonathan Huberdeau, 15:38 - Instigator, (1.4) (PP)
3 - SNB Jonathan Huberdeau, 15:38 - Fighting, (2.2)
3 - SNB Jonathan Huberdeau, 15:38 - Abuse of officials - Misconduct, (3.91)
3 - SNB Jonathan Huberdeau, 15:38 - Instigator of a fight in final 5 minutes of regulation time, or anytime of the overtime - Game Misconduct, (4.4 )
We should find out soon what kind of suspension the Florida Panthers prospect will be given.
Huberdeau’s fight with MacKenzie Weegar was just the fourth of his QMJHL career, according to HockeyFights.com. He also dropped the gloves with Halifax’s Martin Frk earlier this season in a game at Harbour Station.
This incident is getting plenty of attention today with World Junior camp beginning this week. Some links worth checking out:
- Buzzing The Net: Good read on the incident and whether or not this will impact Huberdeau at Team Canada camp.
- Backhand Shelf: a look at what the QMJHL rule book says about this kind of stuff
- Steve Turcotte asks what kind of, if any, suspension Huberdeau should get.
- Sportsnet.ca: Their headline is “Huberdeau violent in loss vs Mooseheads.” At the time of this writing, 60% of voters said Huberdeau should be suspended.
Lastly, a “stay classy” shout to the “fans” who booed Doiron as he was being helped off the ice.